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Posted on May 19, 2009
So you think the City of Tallahassee spends millions on electric utility conservation programs? Wrong! The City of Tallahassee collects millions for conservation programs.
A data request by Tallahassee Reports indicates that the City of Tallahassee budgeted close to $15.5 million to various conservation programs for fiscal year 2008, which began on October 1, 2007.
At the end of fiscal year 2008, the City of Tallahassee had expended less than $1 million on conservation programs. This left approximately $14.5 million that rolled over to fiscal year 2009.
The fiscal year 2009 budget for the various conservation programs added approximately $3.2 million to the rolled over amount from 2008 for a total fiscal year 2009 budget of approximately $19 million.
As of May 15, 2009, over 7 months into the fiscal year, the City of Tallahassee has spent less than a million dollars leaving a balance of over $17 million.
The lack of urgency towards the conservation programs is in stark contrast to the urgent problems faced by the Leon County School Board. Over the last three years the Leon County School Board has cut approximately $35 million due to the downturn in the economy. This includes a cut of approximately 150 teachers for the upcoming school year.
In addition, the School Board is faced with the real possibility of a revenue shortfall from the state coffers beginning with the 2009 school year. A shortfall of more than $4 million will result in more cuts during the school year.
Consider this: The City of Tallahassee could use the $17 million of unspent conservation money collected over the last two years to cover the electric utility bill of the Leon County School Board for the next two years. This would allow the School Board to return 150 teachers back to the classroom.
What do you think about this proposal?